Beds Times 19 November 1954
Minister and Schoolmaster - Death of the Rev. J. Weldon-Davies
A Rector of Souldrop and Knotting for 22 years, and a master at
for a number of years, the Rev. James William Weldon-Davies, M.A., D.D., died on 7th November at Milton Ernest, after a short illness. Aged 80, and born in
, he leaves a son, Capt. P. A. Weldon-Davies, of Aylesbury.
Since retiring Mr. Weldon-Davies had lived in Milton Ernest for nearly two years, and had often taken services during the months there had been no vicar. He had become a well-loved figure, greeting all with a smile and kindly word.
He had studied at
, had been Rector of Yelden and
, and at one time was Chaplain of Bedford General Hospital (South Wing). For 24 years Mr. Weldon-Davies had also been Chaplain for the Sir William Harpur Masonic Lodge, and was at one time curate at St. Mary’s Church, Bedford.
The funeral service was held at Milton Ernest on 10th November, conducted by the Bishop of Bedford, the Right Rev. A. C. MacInnes, assisted by Canon H. C. Perry and the Rev. F. J. Barwood, Rural Dean. There was a representative congregation of clergy, brethren of the Masonic Lodge, and friends from Souldrop, Oakley, Rushden, and Clapham. Amongst many Milton Ernest friends who attended were representatives from the